After an epic battle, students from the University of Sheffield lost the Varsity 2012 trophy to rivals Sheffield Hallam for the ninth consecutive time.
The final match in the festival of sport took place between the football men's 1st teams, at Hillsborough stadium, on Wednesday 28th March, and was refereed by Howard Webb MBE for the third year.
The game ended with the score 1-0 to Hallam. The overall Varsity score was a very tight 32 - 31.
The finale also helped raise money for the Varsity 2012 chosen charity Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice, of which Howard Webb is a patron. £1 from the football tickets sales plus collections at the match will help raise funds to open a new end of life suite
Varsity 2012 was the 16th annual sporting tournament between the two rival Universities and is the biggest sporting event of the Universities year. The competition took place over eight days, with over 60 fixtures played, and a total of 63 points were up for grabs. This year the competition was a tense and nail biting battle with Sheffield Hallam taking the victory by just one point.
Ben Baldwin, Sports Officer at Sheffield Students' Union, said 'I'm disappointed that we didn't manage to win Varsity 2012. Our students have worked so hard on across all sports but it wasn't our year. Congratulations to Sheffield Hallam University on their win and for being great competitors. We'll be back next year.'
Sheffield Students' Union would like to thank all students and staff who supported this year's Varsity event and commiserations to all sports players who competed in this year's competition. Bring on 2013!